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Could the Amazon of auto retail be Amazon itself?

Auto dealerships could be the next steppingstone in Amazon's path to dominance.

Can Lexus recapture the spirit of '89?

The stakes are high as Lexus tries to pivot from cushy, reliable cars and crossovers to more emotional, hard-charging vehicles that set the bar rather than resting on their laurels.

Lincoln enjoys Continental lift

A dealership general manager says his used-car lot is full of BMW 7-series sedans that buyers have traded in for the Continental.

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Why the smartphone could kill the car key

Fobs dug the car key’s grave. Plus, VW must win back consumer trust with electrification and virtual tools can help car designers, but clay is here to stay.

■ PODCAST: Car keys to become extinct?, Solving VW’s trust problem, VR in car design


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Mexico's unshakable auto industry

The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.

Dealership becomes disaster shelter

What began as a favor to one employee ended up being extended to almost 40 more people, including children, six dogs, six cats and a pet rat.

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Can Lexus recapture the spirit of '89?

The stakes are high as Lexus tries to pivot from cushy, reliable cars and crossovers to more emotional, hard-charging vehicles that set the bar rather than resting on their...

Lincoln enjoys Continental lift

A dealership general manager says his used-car lot is full of BMW 7-series sedans that buyers have traded in for the Continental.

Mexico's unshakable auto industry

The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.

Audi on fuel cells: Maybe later

The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will...

Bentley CEO to step down, report says

Bentley Motors CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is planning to step down and will be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at British rival Jaguar Land Rover, a...

Daimler, BYD plan new EVs for China

Daimler and BYD plan to expand their cooperation in China to bring new electric models to market under the Denza brand. Currently Denza sells just one model.

FIRST OF A 2-PART SERIES

GM plots next phase of IT overhaul

Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.
■ No shades of Perot-era drama with IT this time
■ GM's complex relationship with IT

DEALER SPEAKS: BILL MCDANIELS

'The car business will become an Amazon.com'

Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing.

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